Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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There’s a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, - MAY 15, 2009
Clear orange colour with a small beige head. malty, light caramel sweet aroma with notes of fruit. Light caramel sweet flavor with fruity notes. Light dry, bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/19/2007 Total Score: 2.8
Orange, Amber colour with a beige head. Fruity, light sweet aroma with hoppy light floral notes. Malty, fruity and light caramel sweet flavor with a light dry hoppy and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darioklc (546) - Karlovac, CROATIA - MAR 20, 2015
Nice amber color with a finger foam on the top. Aroma is great, like ale should have. It is mildly bitter, not so much alcohol taste. I’ve enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bartlebier (2355) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2015
Bulkacious 500 bottle, Xmas ’14 surprise. Caramel orange pour, nicely sticky white head. Caramel sugar, a good whiff of brandy alcohol and orange zest marmelade malts in aroma. Taste sets off lean and inviting with more orange cordial, walnuts, slender toast, then suddenly pierced by brandy alcohol and overpowered in the offset by massive hop and walnut bitterness, dominating into the finish, making a new sweeter sip necessary. Hence a bit unbalanced, - was expecting more of the advertised apricots in armagnac.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Calisky (1333) - ALSACE, FRANCE - FEB 2, 2015
Courtesy of Bartlebier, thank you Franck! Couleur cuivrée, très légère mousse. Nez caramel, un peu cremeux, note d’épices. Gout de caramel, un peu grillé et fort houblon amer en fin de bouche, note malt doux et alcool. Corps moyen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crlnts (379) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Amber, clear, malty. Dates, light oxydation. Soft carbonation. Light bitterness. ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (719) - CROATIA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle (Konzum); pours dark amber with an off white head; aroma malt, holiday spices, and a hint of caramel; taste is sweet with caramel and malt; finish more sweet than bitter; not bad but not great either

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
veceo (707) - CROATIA - JAN 18, 2015
Hazy deep amber color, average sized off white head. Aroma of yeast, red fruits (raspberries) and malt. Medium to full body, lively carbonation. Sweet, dry and relatively bitter finish. Flat and without any real character, but aroma and body are just fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eructoblaster (3215) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle - 500ml. Limpid amber body with a thin, instantly fading, off-white foamy head. Fair malty aroma with brown sugar and caramel hints. Taste is bland and a bit oversweetened. It carries some woody notes and ends with a sweet finish. Ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HammerTroll (685) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 13, 2015
Clear brown color (no, it’s not so dark, don’t let the picture fool you), minimal lager-like off-white head. More like ice tea. Has some Christmas notes, but weak. Very mild. Watery texture. Slightly bitter finish. I guess it’s ok, but I have expected so much more.
(Konzum 0,5l bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xXbaptisteXx (97) - - JAN 8, 2015
Une belle couleur ambrée caramel la mousse est assez tenace Au nez on va sentir des arômes de crème de marrons noisette on sent aussi la mangue Embouche on va sentir des notes de marron et légèrement boisé Une bière de Noël assez sympa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
azzie (348) - - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 0,5l. Hazy amber liquid with soft average off white head. Medium body. Medium to strong sweetness. Strong taste at the beginning, light aftertaste. Wine aftertaste. Taste is like beer mixed with wine. Some apples in aroma.

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